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Taliban Forces The Removal Of Women’s Photos From Shops And Salons

This week in Kabul, the Taliban seizes power while forcing the removal of women's photos from the exterior of beauty salons.

Photo courtesy of: Rahmat Gul / AP

As Afghanistan’s capital remains under Taliban control, many businesses have been forced to cover or remove any photos of women on the outside of their businesses.

With US military forces withdrawing from the country and Afghanistan’s president fleeing the city of Kabul, Taliban fighters were able to complete a remarkable seizure of power over these past few weeks.

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Photo courtesy of: Wakil KOHSAR / AFP

In recent photos from Kabul, workers are shown painting over images of women outside a beauty salon. At the same time, in another shot, a man uses a paint roller to cover up a picture of a woman in a green dress outside a shop. The final image depicts a woman ripping down an advertisement outside another beauty salon, which showed two women without burqas.

Women in Afghanistan now have to deal with the uncertainty and fear of being under The Taliban’s control once again; however, in a recent interview with the BBC, Taliban spokesperson Suhail Shaheen mentioned that women would live their lives freely under Taliban rule.

Photo courtesy of: Kyodo / Newscom / Avalon

“They should not be scared,” he said. “Their right to education and work is there. We have a commitment to that.”

This contrasts the laws and regulations enforced under the most recent Taliban rule between 1996 – 2001, just before being removed from power by a US-led alliance after the 9/11 attacks. Just over 20 years ago, women were banned from work and education, ordered not to leave their homes unless guided by a male relative.

September 08, 2021 — Last Updated September 22, 2021
Written by Herb
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September 08, 2021 — Last Updated September 22, 2021
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